OBJECTIVE OF KING’S POT: Win by having the highest hand.
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 3-22 players
NUMBER OF CARDS: standard 52-card
RANK OF CARDS: A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2
TYPE OF GAME: Casino
INTRODUCTION TO KING’S POT
King’s Pot utilizes anywhere between 3 and 22 players and only 52 cards. Generally, the game is played with Aces high. However, in a straight Aces can be low.
The tableau is organized by the dealer into a 5×5 grid, for a total of 25 cards in the tableau. This set up makes for a total of 12 poker hands. These hands are constructed from the rows, the columns, and the diagonals of the grid. The top row is the “Ace’s hand,” the second row is the “two’s hand,” and so on until the “fives hand.” The first column is the “six’s hand,” and the columns end at the “ten’s hand.” The two diagonals are the “Jack’s hand” and the “Queen’s Hand,” they are from the northwest-southeast corners and the southwest-northeast corners, respectively. The “King’s hand” is a separate pile of 5 cards. The image below demonstrates the tableau.
If you wish, you may mark these hands with the appropriate cards from a separate deck. However, this is optional and to be only implemented after the tableau is complete.
Once the tableau has been completed, the dealer has a total of 22 cards left. Since players only need one card, there is a maximum of 22 players that can play. The maximum amount of cards people can have or buy at this point is dependent on the number of players in the game.
3 Players: Max buy of 7 cards
4 Players: 5 cards
6-7 Players: 3 cards
8-11 Players: 2 cards
11-22 Players: 1 card
The antes, which are paid to the King’s pot, are placed directly next to the King’s hand. The ante is a mutually agreed upon forced bet that is dependent on the number of players.
Players receive the amount of cards they paid for. These cards correspond to the hand (of the twelve) they will bet on.
Next, the five cards in the tableau labeled “1” are flipped over. This reveals a single card from each hand, except the King’s Hand. After, there is a round of normal poker betting. Players bet, raise, and call as usual. The money is placed in a pot that is separate from the King’s pot. Bets must eager the required amount for each card in hand. You may fold some or all of your cards during the game.
After, the cards with a “2” are flipped over. This reveals cards from Ace to Queen. Another round of betting occurs.
Now, the cards with a “3” are revealed. This reveals a total of three cards from Ace to Queen. This is followed by a third betting round.
After the final round of betting is the showdown. Every card in the King’s hand and the tableau are revealed. Active players also reveal their hands. The highest hand, which includes cards in the hand of a player, wins the game. The highest hand may not be on the table. If two players tie for contributing to the highest hand (of equal rank) they split the pot evenly.
In the event the King’s hand is THE winning hand, the player with the highest hand wins both pots. If not, the King’s pot remains, and grows, until someone has a real chance at winning the King’s pot.
Note, it is likely at some point a player will receive cards of equal rank. They may fold some or all of these cards to save themselves from betting on the same hand.